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The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S COMBAT SPORTS REPORT: LEGENDARY 5-TIME WSM WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN + MMA FIGHTER MARIUSZ PUDZIANOWSKI WINS KSW MMA MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTING HEAVYWEIGHT MATCH IN POLAND

The Item: Combat Sports, Strength Sports, Contest Results, Andrew Oye's WSM Pro Athletes Roundup, KSW Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, Mariusz Pudzianowski (a.k.a. "Pudzian") won the Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki MMA Heavyweight match at KSW 31 at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, where the 38-year-old Polish beast defeated Rolles Gracie, Jr., the 36-year-old relative of the renowned Gracie family of Brazilian jiu-jitsu founders, with a knockout punch only 27 seconds into the first round.

The "So What?": The combatants entered the matchup with identical 8-3 records. However, two of Mariusz Pudzianowski's previous eight victories came via TKO, and he had been on a three-match winning streak; whereas, all three of Rolles Gracie, Jr.'s losses came via KO or TKO, and he had lost his last two matches. At KSW 31, the few kicks from the 6'4" 250 pound jiu-jitsu specialist were no match for the ground-and-pound tactics of the 5'11", 285-pound bulldozer.

As reported in the MUSCLE INK Magazine feature about Mariusz Pudzianowsk titled "Power Puncher: Strongman + MMA Fighter Hybrid," the former strength sports dominator made his combat sports debut in 2009. Some people assumed his massive physique might be a hindrance when he transitioned into the fighting cage, a decision mentioned in the "Game Changers" feature about multi-sport athletes. Yet, his current record of 9-3 has shown the sport-swapper can carry his weight in the ring, even though he is no longer pulling trucks or hoisting barrels, tires, circus barbells, logs, kettlebells, Norse hammers, or Atlas stones.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: As the recent pro-boxing hype of the MayPac "Fight of the Century" (where Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao) wanes, fans have refocused on the other major combat sport – mixed martial arts. While Mariusz Pudzianowsk (6-time Europe's Strongest Man and 6-time Poland's Strongest Man) was adding to his MMA resume in Poland, Hollywood actor and "Governator" Arnold Schwarzenegger made an appearance at the Ultimate Fighting Championships UFC 187 match in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Daniel Cormier became the first new Light-Heavyweight Champion since 2011, defeating Anthony Johnson. Chris Weidman successfully defended his UFC Middleweight Champion title against Vitor Belfort with a first-round TKO.

As I previously reported in April, the 2015 World's Strongest Man Championships boiled down to a battle between 2-time WSM Brian Shaw (from USA) and 4-time Zydrunas Savickas (from Lithuania). Shaw won his third title, stopping Savickas' attempt to tie the Guinness World Records achievement of legendary 5-time WSM Mariusz Pudzianowski. Shaw, a 33-year-old former collegiate basketball player, also won the Arnold Sports Festival's inaugural Arnold Strongman Classic Australia, as well as the 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic USA (where IFBB Pro League athletes competed in an IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contest and IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson won his record-setting fifth IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, qualifying to challenge Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend -- the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" in Las Vegas, Nevada).

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